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by Lesley Storts


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»Adored Quilt«

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Quilt Quiz:

Q: Favorite Color?
A: Green (but orange is my secret favorite – I’ve just loved green so long that it’s hard to know if it’s replaceable)

Q: Name you favorite quilt?
A: Hmmmm…depends on the project or season

Q: Name the quilt that gives you the most utility?
A: Easy…a yellow and white quilt my mom gave me 15-20 years ago. It’s lives on my bed or the chair in my room. It was perfect for covering kids when they “stopped by” for the night or to take in the car. This yellow and white quilt has been washed repeatedly and is snuggly and soft. It was never intended to be my favorite, but it just might be because of all the use I have gotten out of it. This quilt was pieced from leftovers and given to me by my mom because she did not need another quilt hanging around. I adore this quilt! I love the connection it gives me to my mom and the utility it provides.

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Yellow and White Quilt with a camera shy Benson

After many years of using the yellow and white quilt, I decided to make a pattern so that I could make this quilt for friends and family. One aspect of the quilt that I really like is the size and how it is accommodating for so many different uses. It measures approximately 47″ x 56″.

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Adored quilt with Kona Tiger Lily, Carolyn Friedlander Snake in Ash and a variety of Denyse Schmidt prints.

The pattern is available in the November/December 2018 edition of Modern Patchwork.

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Camping with the yellow and white quilt

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Work in Progress

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Denyse Schmidt Prints

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Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Millefiori Study«

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Mille definition — “thousand”
Fiori definition — “flowered”

When I was first exposed to the Millefiori Quilt pattern by Willyne Hammerstein, I was amazed by the process and outcome. I had never heard the word millefiori and did not take time to stop and think about it’s meaning. I was too captivated by the quilts and all of the possibilities.

Millifiori Quilt Blocks

Blocks made by Lesley Storts

This past spring I visited the Chicago Art Institute and walked into the glass paperweight exhibit. I was amazed and awestruck. And then I saw that word again – Millefiore…that was the beginning of my quest to understand what it meant.

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Glass paperweight from exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The word millefiore, which translates to thousand flowered, originates with glass making in Italy from the 18th century. On their website, millefioribeads.org, the authors state that mosaic beads date back much further than that to the 7th or 8th century. A quick Pinterest search of the word millefiori will show quilts, jewelry and paperweights. So many mediums with which to experience this beautiful art – glass, clay, and fabric! As I was touring the paperweight exhibit, it dawned on me that Kaffe Fassett’s fabric, Paperweight, is inspired by this beautiful art.

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Paperweight Fabric by Kaffe Fassett

As a bonus to learning all of this information, I recently found out that a friend of mine is associated with a local glass studio, Glass Axis. He invited me on a tour of the studio to see various methods of creating with glass. The day we went, there happened to be an artist working on blowing glass. It was an intriguing process to watch. The entire studio was full of inspiration! I went home to research the process a little more. The following 5 minute YouTube video of glass making shows this intricate and mesmerizing process.

I now have a better understanding of the inspiration behind the the millefiori quilts. As a quilter, I believe that inspiration can be found everywhere and learning about the millefiori glass paperweights once again confirms this belief. The plan for my millefiori quilt is to make each rosette focused on one color so that when they are all joined together, they feel distinct. I see paperweights with multi colors but I also see them restrained to smaller color palettes. The variance of options creates endless ideas for quilts.

I enjoy looking for paperweights when I antique. I found this beauty for $3 which is a bargain!

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Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»Posey Slide Quilt«

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The Posey Slide quilt is finally complete. Inspiration for this project came from a quilt my mom made many years ago. I raided my mom’s stash for the circles and then fussy cut a lot of them.

Gaining experience with needle turn appliqué was part of the goal in making this quilt. I definitely got a lot of practice and have more confidence with this skill.
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I vacillated a lot about the quilting – so many options. I ended up quilting a gentle wavy line that feels a little whimsical and was easy to do with the quilting foot on my Pfaff. After years in the making, I am happy to finally finish this quilt. Best of all, I love the way it turned out!
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Back is Tula Pink Free Fall fabric.

Details for making this quilt:
Squares – 7″
Circles – 5″ diameter
Finished quilt has 72 blocks.

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
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»#sewcialbeesampler«

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I’m so happy that I’m all finished with my #sewcialbeesampler quilt! I started this quilt last year with the weekly sew along written by Sharon Holland and co-hosted with Maureen Cracknell. I finished it shortly after the beginning of this year and finally had a chance to get some pictures.

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I enjoyed the challenge and look of different blocks each week. Sharon’s beautiful instructions are visually pleasing and easy to follow.

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I planned from the beginning to use different fabrics in every block. My only constraint was to use my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I have built a stash since discovering this fabric line a few years ago. The back and binding are also Art Gallery Fabrics.

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This is a large quilt! I decided on an all over geometric pattern for quilting. I used Aurifil thread. Quilting was so easy to do on my domestic Pfaff using my quilting foot.

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I’m so pleased with my quilt and the way it turned out. I learned so much while making it, had a wonderful time perusing the other maker’s blocks on Instagram (#sewcialbeesampler), and simply being in touch with other quilters via social media. I’m especially grateful to my friend Shayne, who introduced me to Art Gallery Fabrics, and my local quilt store Sew to Speak because they carry Art Gallery Fabrics and I can see them in person.

To see progress from last year go here or here.

 

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 


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»Lucky Point Quilt«

Earlier this year I had a new pattern published in Modern Patchwork. This quilt started with trying to enlarge the patchwork of the crosses English paper piecing design into a pieced quilt block. It did not work exactly like I thought it would but ended up creating a new block!

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The surprise and bonus that came from the original block was the secondary pattern that was made by connecting 4 blocks, a sawtooth star turned on point in black and white. The picture below shows the blocks before they are attached.

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Each block measures 24″, with the whole quilt measuring 72″ x 72″. One block could make a mini quilt or table topper. A smaller quilt could be made using 4 blocks. So many possibilities and versatility with this pattern.

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Almost all fabrics are Indah batiks by Me + You made by Hoffman Fabrics.  I wanted the fabrics to feel like solids and these batiks worked perfectly. I kept the quilting simple with straight lines.

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This pattern can be found here. If you make your own version of Lucky Point quilt, use #luckypointquilt on Instagram and tag me @lesleystorts so I can see what you make!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»#SewcialBeeSampler Update«

Blocks for this quilt are progressing. Sometimes on a weekly basis, or sometimes 3 in a week if I’m behind.  IMG_4122

This project has involved some first for me. This is the first time I’ve made a sampler quilt. This is also the first time I have a “metered out” project that progresses on a weekly basis. I’m enjoying the process.

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Being involved in a large online group and seeing the progress and diversity of how quilters interpret the blocks with their fabric is interesting and enjoyable.

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I’ve also been paying a lot of attention to my sewing so that my blocks look good and will go together well. And because of that, it has flowed into my other sewing and piecing of quilts. So a big THUMBS UP! Thanks Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell for this fun sew along!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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»Prismatic Chill Quilt«

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As I sit here writing this post, the snow is coming down outside. That is to be expected since it is January, but 2 days ago we had 55 degree weather. The weather here is nuts! And that is where the inspiration for this quilt ended up…with the weather. Here in central Ohio, we are considered one of the cloudiest cities in the country averaging 283 cloudy days per year. Those clouds make for great filtered light and picture taking, but also a longing for sunny skies and color!

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When I first sketched this quilt, I was unsure about the palette. After coloring the sketch and playing around with it, I decided to use rainbow colors and try solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. I ordered a color card to help me choose fabrics.

Intense, saturated colors were what I first pulled, but I wanted those balanced out with some softer shades too. As I began making the quilt, I really loved the colors I chose, but realized that I needed one more dark in the green/blue family so I ordered a teal to add to the mix.

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The background is Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I used Essex linen in my Great Granny Squared quilt and loved the look. I ordered a metallic but changed my mind and ended up at my local quilt store, Sew to Speak, to pick out fabric with all of my AGF solids on hand to make sure I liked how they looked together. I really wanted the background to be a soft, grayish blue that represented those cloudy skies in Ohio. The Essex linen in chambray is subtle and compliments the rainbow palette. I enjoy the mix of two different textures of fabric in this quilt.

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By using Quilters Dream Wool Batting, the greater loft provides more depth in the center and around the perimeter where the quilting is not as close. Prismatic Chill was backed with Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Pacific. Quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 2600.

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As a side note, while I was making this quilt, I affectionately called it the rainbow quilt or winter rainbow quilt. It’s the quilt’s pet name. Is there such a thing? I like to think of Prismatic Chill as the formal name, the one you would see on the birth certificate that no one really says. Haha!

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You can find this quilt and the pattern in the Winter 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork.

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Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»I Wonder Quilt«

 

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What do you think about the above picture? This quilt is difficult to take pictures of because it is long. I used this fun app on my phone called Fisheye. My other pics taken outside were better since I could move far away and not take pictures of random things like dirty dishes or a kid passing through.

I am happy to be finished with this quilt because it is always good to have a completed project and I entered it into the Ohio State Fair and they only take completed projects 😉

The idea for this project percolated for some time in my mind. I thought it would be fun to just randomly place squares to see what I came up with. Then this project took on a different purpose when I had an experience last year. I was the nurse assigned to care for a patient for the day and he was not doing well. His health had deteriorated significantly over the previous year, and he was readmitted again. In talking to him, it was apparent he had a lot of apprehension about the quality of his life and health. After caring for him all day, I left and had a lot on my mind. That happens a lot to me as a nurse and I need time to decompress. In doing that, I ended penning a poem. As time went on, I decided that I wanted that poem to have a visual. The quilt is that visual representation. The quilt starts and ends with white which is light. It also has a variety of colors which represent life and many different times and experiences that people have. The quilting is done in a pointed figure 8 which represents the infinite aspect of life. I hand stitched the poem onto the back of the quilt because the poem is the quilt.

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I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Aurifil 50WT thread 2600 which is a silvery color. The hand stitching is with the Aurifil, but I doubled the thread to create enough thickness. It did very well in hand stitching. I really enjoyed this project and happy that I tried something I had never done.

I Wonder

I wonder if
I would recognize
Through the pain
Through the change
Could I see
And understand
A limit
An expiration
Part of nature
Therefore natural
A progression
Would I be sad
Remorseful
Relieved…

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Go create something fun and try something new!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Blog Tour«

Welcome to the Minis Blog Tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics 

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I am happy to be a part of this mini quilt blog tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. Being given beautiful fabric and asked to create a quilt is one of my favorite activities. My take aways from this project are:

»»»A reminder of why I enjoy Art Gallery Fabrics
»»»Challenging myself with a new quilt block

If you have not had the opportunity to sew with Art Gallery Fabrics, I would encourage you to get some and treat yourself. Art Gallery Fabrics have a distinct feel to them, very soft with a gentle drape. As a member of the tour, I received a bundle of fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new lines Essential II and Dare. I chose to use five of the fabrics to make my mini quilt:

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My Bundle of Fabrics

If I had to use one word to describe my 5 fabrics together it would be eclectic. At first glance, I was not sure they would work, but I like the end result. I named my quilt Daring Edge because of the Dare fabrics and all blade edges from the different pinwheels. A favorite aesthetic details about the quilt is the Hula Hoops in Azure background around the perimeter and how it reminds me of water.

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For inspiration in creating the quilt block, I used the book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. Using the Double Pinwheel III block as a starting point, I resized it from her original and modified the block to tailor it to my fabrics. I like a challenge and enjoy learning with every quilt I make. My big lesson with this quilt was in creating half-square rectangles. Online tutorials helped, but I had a lot of testing with scrap fabrics to get the size just right. And learning how to mark and line them up was a bit of a lesson in math, but now that I understand it, I’m looking forward to future quilts with this versatile and interesting technique.

Being a part of this tour has been enjoyable. The other quilters involved are so talented and creative and I enjoy seeing all of their beautiful creations using the Dare and Essentials II fabrics.  If you would like to see their work and get some inspiration for yourself, check out Pat Bravo’s Blog and the following links:

 

Laura Piland
Instagram: @sliceofpilife
http://sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com

Courtney Zadik
Instagram: @wholesomemama
www.thewholesomemama.com

Katie Skoog
Instagram: @slpco
www.TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/BLOG

Stacey Gibson
Instagram:  @edens_accessories  

Amanda Woodruff
Instagram: @acraftyfox_amanda  
acraftyfox.net

Jessica Stewart
Instagram: @izzynivydesigns
http://snickerdoodlestew.com/

Erin Cox
Instagram: @whynotsewquilts
www.whynotsew.blogspot.com 

Anjeanette Klinder
Instagram: @anjeanetteklinder
http://anjeanettek.com/  

Aimee Leptick
Instagram: @lilbirddesign
www.thelittlebirddesigns.com

Sharla Krenzel
Instagram: @thistlethicketstudio
www.thistlethicketstudio.com  

Christine Blessing
Instagram: cblessing0

Cat Noonan
Instagram:@tincat13

Sarah Overton
Instagram: @mycrowdednest
Mycrowdednest.wordpress.com

Jyoti Haeusle
Instagram: @jyotihaeusler
www.sewnmoderncrafts.com

Faith Essenburg
Instagram: @faithessenburg
www.saranaave.wordpress.com

Lesley Storts (That’s ME!)
Instagram: @lesleystorts
StortsMarket.com

Ellen Ault – May 5
Instagram: @handmade3d
www.Handmade3D.me

Michelle Bartholomew – May 5
Instagram: @michellebartholomew  
michellebartholomew.com

Kate Basti – May 6
Instagram:  @katebasti    

Kate Lyons – May 6
Instagram:  @modernmakerie

Cindy Guch – May 9
Instagram: @cindyraspberrysunshine
http://raspberrysunshine.com

Lucy – May 9
Instagram: @skinnymalinkyquilts    
www.skinnymalinkyquilts.com

Marija Vujcic – May 10
Instagram: @mvquilts    
http://marijasfabricreations.blogspot.com/

Isabel Kelly – May 10
Instagram: @lambandwolfie  
www.lambandwolfie.com

Samantha Green – May 11
Instagram: @fortheloveoffabric

Tara Curtis – May 11
Instagram: @t_jaye      
https://www.tjaye.com/blog/

Samantha Dorn – May 12
Instagram: @aqua_paisley  
aquapaisleystudio.com

Maja Wlusek – May 12
Instagram: @betyipiernaty
https://betyipiernaty.wordpress.com

Jemima Flendt – May 13
Instagram: @tiedwitharibbon   
www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

Kerry Smith – May 13
Instagram:
 @thatssewkerry    
www.thatssewkerry.blogspot.co.uk

Creative inspiration can be found at the Essentials II Lookbook and the Dare LookBook.  If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio, you can stop by one of my favorite local quilting stores, Sew To Speak, and check out their beautiful selection from various Art Gallery Fabric designers.

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Daring Edge Quilt Back

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Daring Edge Quilt Specs:
20″ x 20″
4 blocks total
56 pieces in each block
224 total pieces
5 fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Essentials II and Dare collection
Quilt Back in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Icy Mint
Aurifil Thread 2600 (a light silvery grey) used for piecing and quilting

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»Rainbow Mini Mini«

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Late last year, I joined round two of the Rainbow Mini Swap hosted by @katebasti on Instagram. My first two swap experiences were very rewarding and I thought I would try it again.  I’ve been working here and there on my mini to give away and will talk about it more in another post. What I really want to highlight today is a little mini mini I made for myself as a reminder of the beautiful fabric and experience.

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I decided to improv piece – a technique I have been wanting to try. I used the scraps from cutting out my pieces for the mini I’m giving away. I knew this would result in a small quilt, but really just wanted a reminder and knew this would work. I laid out all of my pieces and took a little time deciding how I would proceed. Initially I thought I would use some of the colors more than once, but decided that one of each fabric would be sufficient.

I began by placing all of the pieces that I wanted to use side by side. This worked with this improv because I was just doing a long row of colors. I began piecing each color to create my long row. The pictures below show the steps, minus a picture of me sewing two of the greens together.

Once I completed my whole row, it was time to iron then trim.

The strip ended up being smaller than I wanted and thought it would be, but I learned 2 things. The first was that if I wanted it bigger, I needed to start with larger pieces. Yep, it’s true: bigger fabric = bigger quilt. The second was that had I pieced some of my blocks a little differently, I could have manipulated the outcome to make it a little larger.

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In finishing, I added a white border with Kona white and matchstick quilted. I loved the look without a binding, but prepared one anyway but did not have time to put it on before my quilt guild meeting. I took my mini mini with me to the meeting for show and tell and all of my quilty friends encouraged me to leave it with a raw edge! I was happy to have a little validation that it looked just fine the way it was.

I’m glad I tried this technique and look forward to future projects that are larger.

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